Cubs top prospect Brennen Davis details recovery from strange injury: ‘I was in so much pain’
Tuesday night was a momentous occasion for the Cubs’ top prospect as it marked Brennen Davis’ first game with a full-season affiliate in more than three-and-a-half months.
The 22-year-old played 22 games with Triple-A Iowa in April and early May before being shut down with a back injury.
He was experiencing “awful, awful sciatic pain” to the point where his right foot was numb, driving him to consult with Cubs team doctors.
Davis underwent multiple MRIs and eventually had surgery for what the doctors thought was a herniated disc. Only, there was no herniation and no spinal issue.
Davis detailed the entire experience with Marquee Sports Network’s Lance Brozdowski ahead of his game Tuesday night in West Michigan with Class-A South Bend.
“They found a cluster of blood vessels [during surgery],” Davis said. “It’s kind of weird. It was a strange one. It’s called a vascular malformity. It’s just a genetic thing that popped up.
“By cauterizing some blood vessels getting into my back, it actually cleared up the pain. They didn’t really do anything. All they did was open me up.”
Despite the strange injury, Davis felt fortunate with how it all turned out.
“It was awful. I was in so much pain,” he said. “I wanted to be in the right situation to get back out on the field and have the right people in my operating room if that was the kind of thing that I was gonna do.
“I got really lucky with the Cubs and my agency — they put me in the right hands to have a very successful surgery.”
Davis is a consensus Top 100 prospect across every outlet and came in atop Brozdowski’s list in the midseason update. He slashed .260/.375/.494 (.869 OPS) in 2021 with 19 homers in 100 games between South Bend, Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
He began this season at Iowa and many believed he could make his MLB debut at Wrigley Field sometime this summer before the back injury derailed those plans.
Now, Davis will work his way back to Triple-A and see some minor league action over the next five weeks before likely continuing on to the Arizona Fall League to get more at-bats.
Check out the full interview with Davis in the video above.